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Black Pearl

10 1/2 W Pelham St., Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
(401) 846-5264
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Ranked #57 of 203 restaurants in Newport
Price range: $15 - $55
Cuisines: American, French, Seafood
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

After I finally realized just how "Yankee" this town of Newport was, having a bowl of chowder began to seem a very important goal. Stacks of Black Pearl Chowder were on display in various stores I strolled through. People were recommending the Black Pearl Restaurant. My husband and friends ambled down a wharf and saw The Black Pearl. It wasn't... More

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Edmonds, Washington, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We ate here several times during our visit. It feels like you are in a dark ship hull having dinner. The food was fine but the location and ambience are fantastic. We even ordered a case of cans of clam chowder so we can enjoy a little of the Black Pearl at home.

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Nantucket, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Visited with my husband, a friend recommended. I didnt find anything special that makes me want to go back there. I think the food was overpriced compared to the portion. The wait staff was great and pleasant, and the location was ok, but noe view of the water.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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48 reviews 48 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The location of the Black Pearl is pretty ideal. I had eaten at a lot of places in Newport and The Black Pearl was average at best. The Lobster Roll was pretty tasteless and mixed drinks weren't up to par. Our waitress was very friendly and nice and apologized for the drink not being up to par and did not... More

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Methuen
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

So many other options nearby. Very disappointed. The price is similar to area venues, but quality not so good. Friendly staff. Reviewing the menu, I was not certain of a specialty dish. You can do no worse by selecting another restaurant.

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Boxborough, Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Traveled with a group from a local church, mostly older folks. All I heard was positive. I just had a bowl of clam chowder because I heard (like everywhere else) it was "the best blah blah blah"... but it really was excellent. Different from what I am used to- the really thick-ish, creamy chowder you usually get in N.E. It... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

I rated this higher because the food was very good but the portions were small for the prices. We ate in the tavern for dinner which was $56 for two entrees and one salad with no beverages or dessert. The location was right on the wharf but the tavern doesn't have much of a view and no view of the... More

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Waterford, Connecticut
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72 reviews 72 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I loved the setting on the wharf and the classic rustic New England look. We sat in the Tavern section. The service was excellent, precise, and speedy. It was an obviously well-trained staff. I liked the food but it was not my favorite meal ever. The kale salad was delicious with a lemon mustard dressing. The rolls were unremarkable. The... More

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Carlsbad, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This chowder is so good, they actually sell a condensed version to take home! It had a thinner consistency than I was used to but it actually had loads of clams in it! They don't overfill it with potato's or other items. We sat inside to get out of the sun but they had a number of patio's on the... More

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Parsippany, New Jersey
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49 reviews 49 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

Had to come here since everyone kept recommending it. Ate in the tavern, outside area was full and there aren't that many tables with umbrellas. Shrimp cocktail, not fully deveined and $4 per shrimp pricey. Had the famous chowder and to lived up to its rep,creamy with a very good taste. Tuna melt sandwich on English muffin with cheese and... More

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